Fishing During Your Kayak Tour

We have many guests ask about fishing during our kayak tours. Some of our kayak tours, specifically the Gwaii Haanas Explorer and Great Bear Rainforest tours, are more conducive to kayak fishing than our other tours. Below is an overview of the kayak fishing opportunities you may expect on our tours along with fishing techniques, equipment suggestions, and licensing requirements.

The Kayak With Whales and Whales and Grizzly Bears base camp kayak tours are primarily aimed at viewing wildlife from our kayaks and there is not much time available for kayak fishing. Some guests do fish from shore at our base camps but it is not as productive as fishing from the kayaks due to the numerous kelp beds that your line and hook may get caught in.

More opportunities to fish are available on the Whales and Wilderness Explorer tours but these are still primarily wildlife viewing

Marine Mammal Viewing

Our Base Camps are ideally located to view a wide range of marine mammals. A number of seal and sea lion haul outs are within a short paddle of the base camps, humpback whales regularly feed in view of the camps, and orcas travel between Johnstone Strait and Queen Charlotte Strait right past the base camps.

We often have guests asking us “when is the best time see (fill in the blank) on your base camp tours?” We always want to set the appropriate expectations with our guests of what may be seen on our kayak tours. Below is a chart of the more likely marine mammals we see each summer on our Kayak With Whales and Whales and Grizzly Bears base camp kayak tours.

Marine Mammal Viewing Calendar

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Good Food

We believe that some of the most important aspects of a kayaking tour  naturally include the kayaking itself, the wildlife, and the wilderness experience.  However, we also know that these experiences are more enjoyable when accompanied by good food.  At Kingfisher we serve hearty, healthy, and tasty meals.  We are also happy to cater to a wide variety of dietary preferences and restrictions.  Furthermore, we believe that our food is good because when planning and purchasing our menu we are striving to choose environmental and ethical options, which includes growing our own, buying local, reducing packaging waste, and choosing fair trade and organic when possible.

raspberry picking

raspberry bush

Picking raspberries to top our base camp cheesecakes

Meat, Eggs, and Dairy

We serve wild, BC-caught salmon and halibut, buying it straight from local boats when

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Humpback Whale Disentanglement – Fundraising Challenge!

Humpback Whale Disentanglement - Fundraising Challenge

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When Kingfisher started offering kayak tours eighteen years ago we considered ourselves fortunate to see one humpback whale a year. Since that time the humpback population has made a remarkable comeback and we now see humpback whales almost every day on our kayak tours off northern Vancouver Island. While their numbers have grown, they still face many threats and one of the most serious is getting entangled in fishing nets and gear. Entangled whales face the risk of drowning, losing the ability to feed, or getting infections as gear cuts into their flesh, all too often ending in death for the whale.

For the last three years our friends at the Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) have been present whenever possible when commercial fishing is taking place around Northeastern Vancouver Island

BC Cetacean Sightings Network – 2014 Reporting

We received a letter last week from the BC Cetacean Sightings Network thanking us for our 2014 sightings reports. Turns out we were in the top 25 of observers last year. Special thanks to our guide Sarah Hauser who did the bulk of the reporting.

BC Cetacean Sightings Network 2014 Reporting

In 2014 we mainly reported early season sightings plus sightings in areas that don’t see as much traffic or research, and less encountered species. However, with the launch of their new mobile phone app to quickly report sightings we hope to increase our reporting efforts in 2015

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Beach Clean Ups

The great thing about kayaking is we can visit remote hard to reach beaches that few people visit. At first glance many of these beaches look pristine,  but on closer examination traces of civilization can often be found in the plastic, styrofoam, and garbage that floats in on the tides.

When we find garbage we pack out what we can in our kayaks, especially stryrofoam as it can break down into tiny prices that are next to impossible to collect if left in the elements. On our base camp tours our kayaks are not heavily packed so there is lots of room and on our explorer tours we create more room in our kayaks as the trip progresses and we eat through our supplies.

When unable to pack out items in our kayaks we will collect garbage (especially Styrofoam and plastic) and securely pile it above the tide line and notify the

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RideShare – Travelling to and from Port McNeill

Many of our guests are interested in ride sharing to and from their kayak tours to lower their environmental impact, to save costs, and for the enjoyment of meeting other travellers. For years we have helped facilitate putting together guests looking for rides with guests who had seats available in their cars. We would do this on a case by case basis and it was often time consuming and not always the most user friendly for our guests. As of today that has changed.

We have just launched an easier method of putting our guests together to share rides to and from Port McNeill, and have also invited other travellers and the local community to participate too.

Whether you are looking for a ride or have a seat available for others to fill, visit our RideShare page and enter your details.

To learn more about Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures’ kayak tours that

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Trip Report – Orca Waters Base Camp – July 8 to 11, 2014

Kayak trip report by Suzanne Burns for a Kayak With Whales – Orca Waters Base Camp kayak tour.

There are three things that I love, kayaking, camping and good food. Combine these with spectacular scenery, wow factor wildlife, and some pretty cool people and these were the magical ingredients of my Kingfisher Kayaking Trip.

We met our guide Wendy for our trip orientation and reconvened the next morning to head off from the wee town of Port McNeill to Hanson Island. Our smooth trip over was punctuated with views of frosted mountain ranges, lush forests and Dall’s porpoises with their iced dorsal fins slicing the water surface.

Our band of four female clients and Wendy made up a merry troop for this time out from ‘the real world’. The base camp which was to be our home for the

Kayak Trip Report – Orca Waters Base Camp – September 2 to 5, 2008

Below is a kayak trip report from a guest on our September 2 to 5, 2008 Kayak With Whales – Orca Waters Base Camp kayak tour. It is printed in full without any editing.

“Stephen and I just returned from our Johnstone Straight kayaking trip and I am pleased to announce that were not eaten by whales. This was my big concern – sitting in a kayak and imagining that I must look somewhat like a seal from a whale’s perspective. We had a four day trip and at our pre-trip meeting we were asked why we chose the trip. The couple from the UK wanted to see whales. The german/australian couple wanted to see whales. The single british/welsch/south african/almost canadian guy said he came for the kayaking and to see whales. I wasn’t so sure I